Masters 2022 takeaways: Scottie Scheffler looks to prove bona fides, Justin Thomas lurks as he enters Moving Day

Masters 2022 takeaways: Scottie Scheffler looks to prove bona fides, Justin Thomas lurks as he enters Moving Day

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the world’s No. 1 golfer, who has also won three of his last five tournaments, shot a 67 on Friday at the 2022 Masters and has a five-stroke in the first major of the year. However, most World No. 1 players did not become World No. 1 just two months after never winning a PGA Tour event, like Scottie Scheffler.

Scheffler, 25,’s fast-paced commute this week mimics his commute over the past two months. His first victory on the PGA Tour came on February 13 at the Phoenix Open. The second was on March 6 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. His third fell just three weeks later on March 28 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, the same day he became the No. 1 golfer on the planet.

And now, two weeks after that, has tied the record for having the largest 36-hole lead (five shots out of four competitors) in Masters history.

Scheffler has quietly been a beast in the majors in recent years. His last six starts have resulted in top-20 finishes, and he’s been a statistical stalwart over the course of his career despite not winning until two months ago. Again this week, he leads the field in strokes gained from tee to green, and his performance is certainly sustainable.

After 36 holes and two days of a Masters that has been dominated by the incredible play of Tiger Woods’ comeback, this event finally has a narrative outside of the Big Cat. Four of the five golfers who have led by five strokes after 36 holes in teachers have come to win a green jacket. The only one that didn’t accomplish that feat happened before the start of World War II.

It shouldn’t seem far-fetched that the world’s No. 1 player scored a Masters win in just his third start at Augusta National. And yet, because his rise to the top of the world happened as quickly as he did, the question remains.

One of the stories that came up this week was whether Scheffler was a true No. 1. The question wasn’t whether he was a good golfer, but whether he was simply in trouble.

A win at the Masters would erase all doubt about Scheffler’s present Y your future Now, the question that overwhelmed the first part of this week… What will Tiger Woods do at the 2022 Masters? — has been deleted and replaced by a man who wears Big Cat Nikes. The question now for Scheffler is the same one that Tiger answered so many times throughout his career: will anyone catch the world number 1 player in the last 36 holes of this great championship?

Here are nine more thoughts on the second round of the 2022 Masters.

2. The Cat survives: Once again, 71-74 might not look too good in the history books, but Tiger is putting on a historic performance considering he was looking for prosthetics this time a year ago. After starting at 39, he worked his way up to 35 in the second nine and easily cruised through the weekend. Will he contend on Sunday? I don’t think it’s likely considering how poor he’s been from the tee to now and how broken your body is right now. However, Saturday will be revealing, and we may get one last act of magic from the Cat in the place he has mastered the most.

“I don’t feel as good as I would like to feel,” Woods said. “Okay. Like I said, I have a chance to go into the weekend. Hopefully, I’ll have one of those lightbulb moments and turn it on on the weekend and I’ll do it. You’ve seen guys do it with a chance to go to the back nine. If you’re inside the front five or six, anything can happen. I need to get there. That’s the key. I need to get there. Tomorrow is going to be a big day.”

3. Dustin Johnson is on the prowl: The grind was on for DJ on Friday after two bogeys caused by horrible drives at Nos. 7 and 9 in the top nine. He made nine straight par in the second nine to get into the house with a 73 that doesn’t look great on paper, but was almost twice better than field average in Round 2. DJ knows the weekend is long and is just trying to play. his way to Sunday afternoon. His patience and discipline (seriously, patience and discipline for a DJ) are admirable, and winning a Masters at 6-under would be even more impressive than winning it at 20-under like he did a year and a half ago.

4. Justin Thomas jumps, Collin Morikawa moves: Morikawa’s drop to the top 10 in the leaderboard was smoother than JT’s, but those are your two “if he goes out in 31 early in the day, things will get spicy” guys to watch on Saturday. Thomas put on a show. He matched Scheffler’s 67 late in the day, birdied numbers 14-16 and completely covered his 76 from Thursday. He’s rightfully in the mix, and after winning 5.6 shots on approach shots in Round 2, there’s a path to contention on Sunday for him that doesn’t seem inconceivable.

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5. 2011 and 2016 also: After Thursday, I opined that with a leaderboard that included Dustin Johnson, Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith, the top three finishers at the Masters in November, we were getting a cut of 2020. Apparently we’re also getting more iterations of 2011 and 2016. Charl Schwartzel (the 2011 champion) shot a 3-under 69 on Friday and sits at 3-under after 36 holes. He has missed his last six cuts worldwide and hasn’t had a top 10 anywhere since last July. Danny Willett (the 2016 champion) shot 74, but is still in the top 10. To add to the 2016 narrative, Willett took the co-lead at one point Friday, and Jordan Spieth, who missed the cut, pumped two into the water in No. 12.

6. Toughest test: Friday’s scoring average rose to 74.6 primarily due to nightmarish wind gusts that were as lively as they were inconsistent. The best indication of how tough Augusta National was on Friday? Six golfers shot rounds in the 60s, seven shot rounds in the 80s.

7. Hideki back to back? Perhaps what impressed me most was Hideki Mastsuyama’s three-under performance so far this week. He hasn’t been a factor for most of the last few months and he withdrew from the Texas Open last week with a neck injury. Now? He has a real shot at becoming the first golfer since Tiger in 2001-02 to win two straight green jackets.

8. How good is golf? Larry Mize, 63, who averaged 230 yards off the tee this week beat out 28-year-old Bryson DeChambeau, who averaged 310 yards off the tee at a golf course he once said played like a par 67 to him. I know DeChambeau is clearly not completely healthy, but imagine this happening in any other sport!

9. Bubba being Bubba: Let’s all take a moment to appreciate this absurd shot at No. 18 that led to Bubba Watson’s birdie and helped him get through the weekend at Augusta.

10. Who can win? If we think the trend below will continue, the winner of the 2022 Masters will be one of the following.

  • scottie scheffler
  • charl schwartzel
  • Sunjae Im
  • Shane Lowry
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Harold Varner III
  • Dustin Johnson
  • kevin na
  • Cam Smith

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